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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Looking forward to the winter geese

Geese from early January 2013.


         Pinkies passing Queensbury.  2 images courtesy Tracy Collier. Jan 2013

  A good collection of geese at Leeshaw, Jan 2013
  Canadas, Barnacles and Pink Footed. Jan 2013
                       Greylags at Leeshaw
                                  Pink Footed
                               Barnacles



                        Pink Footed with Canadas

                                         photos, BS. all Jan 2013

With yet another report of Pinkies on the move today over Barkisland, via DJS s grapevine , numbers should increase as winter geese start to disperse ready for the return to their breeding grounds.
Any grounded flocks of geese are now worth checking to make sure there isn,t a stranger amongst them.
The most popular sight is of course large skeins of Pink Footed Geese overhead , which for me is the most pleasing sight in the birding world.
Geese are found grazing in fields, mainly near water and Jan/ Feb is a good time to pick up any unusual or rarer species to our area. Last January was extremely good when father and son team Danny and Nigel Priestley turned a flock of Barnacles at Leeshaw which had been joined by Pink Footeds when I got over there later in the day.
So if you see a flock of grazing geese take the time to scan through them , you may be surprised with what you come up with.
All quiet over the village today after a snowy sleety start making a half decent day then heavy rain after dark.
BS

1 comment:

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Some good sound advice there Bri - will keep checking!